Mayor to Trader Joe's: Come to Bowie

Mayor G. Frederick Robinson aids in residents' efforts to persuade Trader Joe's to open up a store in Bowie.

In a renewed effort to convince the specialty grocery store to open a location in Bowie, Mayor G. Frederick Robinson has extended a personal invitation to Trader Joe's CEO Dan Bane, asking him to visit the city and the location for himself. 

Last year, two Bowie residents started a , that has garnered 239 "Likes." The mayor's letter marks a renewed effort to convince the store that Bowie is the right place for its next location. 

The letter, dated Jan. 7, argues that Bowie has the right demographic, geographic location and available store space for the grocer. 

Whatever demographic describes your customer Bowie has something to offer Within five miles of our prime sites reside over 94,000 people with an average household income of over $106,000.

There are immediate location opportunities Bowie Gateway and Pointer Ridge Shopping Center are two of them These wonderful retail centers have excellent spaces waiting for you and your business and the surrounding community is eager to have your business nearby for shopping.

We would also suggest you consider the value of Bowie's location along the major east-west corridor in the region US Highway 50 that opens easy access to and between Washington DC and Annapolis and the heavily traveled alternate north-south corridor of US Highway 301 and Maryland Route 3 running between Baltimore MD and points south. Our location combined with the warm environment of a growing and exciting city serves us well and will provide the same benefit to you.

The city has also placed a link directly to the Trader Joe's website that asks for new store location suggestions, and at the Jan. 7 council meeting, Robinson encouraged residents to ask for a location in Bowie. 

"We would encourage you to notify Trader Joe's that as a patron of their store, as a visitor to their store and as a resident of this community, that you would encourage them to consider Bowie as the location of their next expansion," Robinson said.

The mayor's letter will be followed up by additional outreach efforts by the city's Economic Development Department.


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Jean Pierre January 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM
It's about time. Been telling him for 10 years to do that.
Anna Buck January 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM
I'm glad the city council is pursuing Trader Joe's. A few weeks after moving to Bowie in May 2010 I wrote to both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods asking them to consider having stores in Bowie. Its a shame that in Arlington, VA there 4 or more Trader Joe's in a 10 miles radius.
Meghan Senkel January 19, 2013 at 03:09 PM
I sent in my plea. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Jill Dickey January 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The former Giant location on route 197 at Old Chapel Road is languishing...
Jimmy January 20, 2013 at 09:27 AM
If all else fails, don't forget we do have a Trader's Joe here in Annapolis and it is a great place to shop


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